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  • in reply to: Jeni's recall #1087118
    truthbetold
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Ben wrote:</div>
    Reddit is leaking

    Yuck.

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Mister Shifter wrote:</div>
    Full disclosure: I laughed. Audibly.

    I dunno… I’m hardly a prude about comedy/humor, but a couple of people have lost their dogs in the past couple of days. I don’t know if making jokes at their dead pet’s expense is a cool thing to do.

    Keep it civil everyone. Let’s focus on the topic at hand; Jeni’s is in real trouble.

    Hard to believe just 2 yrs ago we had Lessner and Bauer as the queen’s of the Columbus food scene. One has effectively been run out of town and the other is looking at the prospect of her entire business crumbling in the span of a few months.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1083861
    truthbetold
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    Found a picture of the float if anyone is interested.

    STOP PILING ON!!!

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1083640
    truthbetold
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    You know, Liz is a friend, but even if she wasn’t this pile on routine is pretty ugly. You may not like her activism, you may not like her restaurants, but from Gay St. to High St. she opened popular restaurants in places other people weren’t. She’s been a community leader, her mother has run a business in the Short North longer than some of you have been alive, and she’s never had anything but good intentions for the city, her customers, her employees, and people in general. If I remember correctly, she was one of the VERY few restaurants offering full benefits to her staff, a minimum wage higher than minimum wage, and has actually helped a lot of people around town.

    You want to call out Liz for something she did to you personally, call Liz. You don’t like her version of social justice fight, take it up with her. At the end of the day though, you’re just some anonymous poster on a website bitching about someone and thinking you’re clever for it. It is a very small thing to do in opposition to someone who at least tried to think and act big.

    Got it Core. So someone that opened a few bars and restaurants, half of which are shuttered should be given a pass by the people she did not treat professionally.

    By the way, since you’ve been served a few times, what do you think about her running off to Oklahoma so that the plaintiffs can’t officially put papers in front of her?

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1083624
    truthbetold
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    Did anyone see the Liz Lessner float in the Doo Dah parade? Ouch! Who’s idea was that?

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1080305
    truthbetold
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    Looks like the folks behind Novaks are going into this spot with a place call the Short North Parlor Room.

    The way Liz complained, or should I say blamed, the gentrification of this area I would have thought an upscale martini bar was going in. Based on Novaks, I doubt this new concept will be pretentious at all.

    in reply to: Columbus Dispatch – Print Publications Sold #1079333
    truthbetold
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    The owner of 614 Magazine posted this on Twitter. He is weighing in on why the Dispatch found itself in this situation:

    http://614mediagroup.com/dispatched/

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1076047
    truthbetold
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    Modeling agents DEFINITELY aren’t creepy.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075973
    truthbetold
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>truthbetold wrote:</div>
    Wow, I did not realize I was in the presence of such greatness. Although I never set out to seek your approval when I began posting my opinions about a company I worked for (and you didn’t). You seem to have accomplished quite a lot for someone in his mid 40′s. I am just 27 but hopefully can achieve the same level of professional success you have one day. I’m sure it’s quite an interesting story as to how one could go from being an “investment banker” to selling fruit baskets for a marginally bankrupt multi-channel foodservice company. I’ve been stuck in the same industry my entire career so do not have the same worldly experiences. While I have moved a few times I do not have the experience of dealing with lawsuits surrounding multiple evictions or even passing bad checks. I have also never sued my employer nor have I ever been sued by my employer (current or former) either. I could only surmise these are stripes earned on the field of battle.

    So while I am probably naive in terms of business experience compared to you, I am going to try and keep pressing on and doing the best I can. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement David.

    Well, you’ve clearly been lucky enough never to deal with identity theft (which is why you may notice those cases were dismissed). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made plenty of bad choices (which is why I stopped working in the investment business), had a DUI, etc….as far as suing an employer, you bet your ass I’m going to sue for due wages when my compensation plan is reduced after a buyout and you also may notice I won when I was sued by a former employer. You don’t need to dig around to learn about me, I’m a pretty open book for anyone who knows me. Guess what…you still aren’t qualified to tell Liz how to run her business.

    p.s. One last thought, if this is any indication, you’re approaching danger level stalker cred. Between creating this account to dig into the life of your former employer to spending a great deal of time trying to learn my identity and research me…you may need to get some help. I don’t mean like outpatient, I’m thinking more like a team of specialists.

    You chimed in to blindly insult me, friend. Don’t forget that.

    Yes, Liz’s businesses certainly are firing on all cylinders this year. Hopefully things will improve both for her and for you. Best of luck.

    Also, are you sure you took Cheryl’s public, I had a friend whose wife worked there and I thought it simply merged with 1-800 Flowers?

    Btw this is all easy info to dig up and you were the one who started this little back and forth

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075942
    truthbetold
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>truthbetold wrote:</div>
    Clearly you must think the only job I ever had was at CFL. Had you actually read my comments I stated I was a former employee there. After leaving I moved to a different city and work for a larger multi-unit group that actually DOES have a clue what they are doing. I’ve been given a management opportunity and learned a lot about operations and what it takes to have success. Since you appear to be so worked up as to my business experience, I now wonder what it is you do. Modeling?

    I owned and operated an agency for about 7 years, served as agency director for another agency for about 8 years before that. I previously had a Series 6, 7, and 62 and worked as a financial planner and investment banker, taking companies public like Max & Erma’s and Cheryl & Co. (for a series of subordinated debentures, not a stock offering). Now I collect residuals from my agency on a handful of models I represent as mother agent and am director of corporate sales for a food company, managing about 22 million a year in sales for the Southeastern United States.

    BTW, I’m not the one telling people about how they’ve made all the wrong business decisions. I’m sure that Liz would love to hear more though, I mean she’s only successfully opened and run a half dozen restaurants in the last decade and you got promoted to manager recently…

    Wow, I did not realize I was in the presence of such greatness. Although I never set out to seek your approval when I began posting my opinions about a company I worked for (and you didn’t). You seem to have accomplished quite a lot for someone in his mid 40’s. I am just 27 but hopefully can achieve the same level of professional success you have one day. I’m sure it’s quite an interesting story as to how one could go from being an “investment banker” to selling fruit baskets for a marginally bankrupt multi-channel foodservice company. I’ve been stuck in the same industry my entire career so do not have the same worldly experiences. While I have moved a few times I do not have the experience of dealing with lawsuits surrounding multiple evictions or even passing bad checks. I have also never sued my employer nor have I ever been sued by my employer (current or former) either. I could only surmise these are stripes earned on the field of battle.

    So while I am probably naive in terms of business experience compared to you, I am going to try and keep pressing on and doing the best I can. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement David.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075906
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>truthbetold wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Coremodels wrote:</div>

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>truthbetold wrote:</div><br><br>
    This type of experience is not unique to Chintz. Hence my reason for posting. Liz should be commended for setting up shop in the SN well before others but it’s when the real legit contenders enter the neighborhood and compete for the dollars do we see who will win. This is when Liz should have been reinvesting in her businesses. Instead we dealt with a litany of broken equipment and subsequent health code violations. Meanwhile pros like Cam Mitchell, Melt and Bakersfield ate our lunch. Literally. I met many great folks while working for CFL but sadly I cannot applaud the management or business skill of its fearless leader.

    Tell me about your restaurant or business that has made all these great decisions you speak of?

    I said I worked for CFL. Please read through the thread before posting ridiculous retorts.

    Oh, I read that part…I wasn’t aware your vast experience as an employee qualified you to analyze market conditions, reinvestment strategies, or really anything other than being an employee…

    See, that’s why I asked about the super successful business you must run…but clearly don’t.

    Clearly you must think the only job I ever had was at CFL. Had you actually read my comments I stated I was a former employee there. After leaving I moved to a different city and work for a larger multi-unit group that actually DOES have a clue what they are doing. I’ve been given a management opportunity and learned a lot about operations and what it takes to have success. Since you appear to be so worked up as to my business experience, I now wonder what it is you do. Modeling?

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075789
    truthbetold
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>truthbetold wrote:</div>
    This type of experience is not unique to Chintz. Hence my reason for posting. Liz should be commended for setting up shop in the SN well before others but it’s when the real legit contenders enter the neighborhood and compete for the dollars do we see who will win. This is when Liz should have been reinvesting in her businesses. Instead we dealt with a litany of broken equipment and subsequent health code violations. Meanwhile pros like Cam Mitchell, Melt and Bakersfield ate our lunch. Literally. I met many great folks while working for CFL but sadly I cannot applaud the management or business skill of its fearless leader.

    Tell me about your restaurant or business that has made all these great decisions you speak of?

    I said I worked for CFL. Please read through the thread before posting ridiculous retorts.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075758
    truthbetold
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    Oh ffs…you’re a one topic poster who’s created this account just to post on this thread. You’ve just posted a 1 star review (the ONLY 1 star review) for slow service, where the reviewer stated most of the food was actually great…and sorted by date, is surrounded on all sides by 4 and 5 star reviews.

    And, btw, the complaint is about shitty staff…which you claim to have been a part of…

    Oh, and p.s….this is a thread about Surly Girl closing, not reposting reviews from Yelp that aren’t even yours of another restaurant. You have a problem with Liz, take it up with Liz, but save the online, anonymous campaign that no one really pays attention to anyway.

    This type of experience is not unique to Chintz. Hence my reason for posting. Liz should be commended for setting up shop in the SN well before others but it’s when the real legit contenders enter the neighborhood and compete for the dollars do we see who will win. This is when Liz should have been reinvesting in her businesses. Instead we dealt with a litany of broken equipment and subsequent health code violations. Meanwhile pros like Cam Mitchell, Melt and Bakersfield ate our lunch. Literally. I met many great folks while working for CFL but sadly I cannot applaud the management or business skill of its fearless leader.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075707
    truthbetold
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    This Yelp review hits home:

    Anne M.
    Columbus, OH

    5/8/2015

    Were planning a celebration dinner and the entire group was very excited to try the Chintz Room for the first time – we had ties to the Old Lazarus Building, so nostalgia definitely played a role in our decision to go, but also we heard it was great.

    Unfortunately, did not live up to the hype. We made a reservation for 7pm and arrived promptly. They were pretty busy so didn’t mind waiting a few moments to be seated, but when we were, it was at a table that had barely been wiped down and the table crumbs were now on our seats. We brushed them off and tried to think positive. Nearly 10 minutes went by and finally waters and menus were dropped off, no one otherwise greeted or made contact with us. We wanted to order drinks and appetizers. About 5-6 minutes later, we were asked about cocktails and placed our order for round one, but before we could discuss appetizers, the server was gone. nearly 10 minutes later drinks arrived, still no opportunity to order apps. Finally they came by and we ordered appetizers but at this point, we were disappointed with our drinks and had already gone to the bar to correct (the Ladies Luncheon Lemonade Martini was literally straight vodka – no lemonade or blueberry flavors as advertised, to which the bartender replied “I like mine strong, after all it’s meant to give a buzz!” – I was just hoping for something that tasted appealing… I ended up asking for a lemonade and combined them into a miserable and sloppy combination by myself, with no offer to correct by the staff, despite bringing to their attention.).

    Appetizer arrived (which tasted great!) so we ordered dinners. We had now been seated for over 45 minutes.

    Round one of drinks was finished and glasses were cleared by a busser – we didn’t see our server until dinner was delivered to receive a refill of any kind. Two guests had been sharing a bottle of wine which was finished. The server delivered dinner plates and we realized also removed the empty wine bottle (thank you) but did not ask if we would like to order another – by the time we realized, the server was gone and we searched but could not find him. However, in our search, we did find 3 other employees, all on their personal cell phones, either talking or texting – no wonder slow service. Eventually the server came to check on dinner (brussel sprout sides were delicious but the fried chicken was unfortunately overcooked, and incredibly dry). We ordered what is still only the second round of drinks, about an hour and a half into our experience.

    Before drinks could arrive, a server in another part of the restaurant dropped a huge stack of plates on a guest, so all employees were focused on addressing that – understandable, but meant that the rest of the diners were neglected for probably 10-15 minutes (since everyone were also on their phones).

    It started to slow down, so we though service would start to pick up a bit – maybe it was just a busy Wednesday. Nope. Servers now started to take it easy, since the rush was over. No one to be seen, since only us and one other table in the building. We finished dinner and wanted to order dessert and another round of drinks. The server finally arrived and instead asked to whom the check should be given. It was a bit uncomfortable, but I spoke up and explained that we would like to look at a dessert menu and order another round. Drinks arrived a bit faster this time, as well as dessert, which was WONDERFUL. The cheesecake was perfect.

    Overall, while we were not in a rush for our experience, about 2 and a half hours of time was spent fighting to order, get drinks correct/delivered or get the attention of staff. The food was ok (others said their dinners were pleasant) with great appetizers and desserts, but the ambiance and menu could not compensate for the service, especially at the price tag, which we expected, but were not happy to feel obligated to leave a tip of upwards of $70 for the experience that we had, based on the bill total.

    We will not be back, and will not be recommending to others. I can’t imagine what a weekend would be like.

    Oh, and on our way out, the bartender who I mentioned a few paragraphs above, wished us a good night (thank you) with a full mouth of food, as he enjoyed HIS dinner at the first table inside the doors. Not a good last impression.

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075663
    truthbetold
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    Hi Truthbetold, since you took the time to create an account on CU just to post CFL rumors to this thread, and since you’re posting anonymously as a self-identified former CFL employee, I’m kind of in a weird position in responding to you from a former employer standpoint.

    Chances are, if you did work for us, then we know each other but since you’re posting anonymously (and that’s your right) AND claiming to have insider knowledge, I am having trouble addressing you specifically.

    However, if you have worked for me, you also know my personal email address and personal cell phone are available to every employee so hopefully you can write me (anonymously if you like) with whatever specific vague rumory concerns you have and I can help sort them out for you. As an employer, past or present, I may not be in a position to speak openly/publicly about whatever you are mysteriously alluding to but I’m happy to clear it up if I can and if it puts your mind at ease. Thanks for your understanding.

    PS: whatever the big mystery is, it sounds scary, so I would like to know. :)

    There is really no need for me to be contacting you Liz. Unless it helps you feel better about things. Like everyone, I have a right to my own opinions. I’m sure someone as outspoken and opinionated as you can easily understand that. Best of luck in your future endeavors. #schadenfreude

    in reply to: Surly Girl Closing This Month #1075655
    truthbetold
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    So throw rocks at me all you like but please keep my partners/associates out of this.

    No one is attacking your partners Liz. If anything it seems from this thread that some of them are unhappy with you.

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